River Action's fifth annual Floatzilla Aug. 16

Originally Posted Online: July 14, 2014, 3:08 pm
Last Updated: July 15, 2014, 3:48 pm
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Press release submitted by River Action.

River Action will host its fifth annual Floatzilla from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16.
The family event is held yearly to promote recreational water trails, canoeing, kayaking, and safe paddling. Participants can spend the day paddling from five launch sites along the Mississippi. All of the paddling routes culminate at 2 p.m. at Lake Potter/Sunset Park, Rock Island, for a traditional group photo and an effort to break the world record for the largest connected raft of canoes and kayaks. That record of 2099 is held by Suttons Bay, Mich., 2013. All are welcome at Lake Potter for kayak and canoe demonstrations, live music, food and paddlesports vendors.
Mississippi River paddles are available for all skill levels:
Empire Park, East Moline -- 11 miles, lock-through Lock & Dam 15. Limited space.
Ben Butterworth Parkway, Moline -- nine miles, lock-through Lock & Dam 15. Limited space.
Main Street Boat Launch, Davenport -- three miles, participants paddle back to Credit Island.
Marquette Street Boat Launch, Davenport -- two miles, participants paddle back to Credit Island.
Credit Island, Davenport -- 1/2 mile each way, participants paddle back to Credit Island.
Lake Potter, Rock Island -- No river paddling needed.
Registration is $20 per paddler and includes one Floatzilla t-shirt, decal, free parking, and shuttles to and from the off-site parking. Late registration after August 14, is $25. T-Shirts and decals are subject to availability after Aug. 1.
Brochures with an official 2013 Group Photo are available at the River Action office, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport.


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1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.

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